Tuesday, November 30, 2010



In the discussion about meteor, we know three terms:
1. Meteoroid is a dense celestial body that flies irregularly and it has no fixed orbit.
2. Meteor is a meteoroid that enters into the Earth’s atmosphere.
3. Meteorite is a meteor that enters into Earth’s atmosphere in the form of rock and some of them have been broken.

Meteor is a very small cosmic body that is usually called dust, sand or sky grit. If those bodies if pass to close to the Earth and enter to the Earth’s atmospheric layer, it will rub against with the air layer so that body will be hot and burnt. Burning commonly does not happen for long time because the material of the cosmic body is not large. That’s why the light of meteor immediately turns off.

Although commonly the meteor has small size, but some meteors are large enough that are not burn at all during passing through the air and some part can reach the Earth. Some meteors have very large size called giant meteor such as one that fell in Siberia, United States, Russia, and in Arizona.

The kind of Meteoric stone (Meteorite):
1. Stony meteorite, that is meteoric stone that much contains calcium and magnesium.
2. Iron nickel meteorite, that is meteoric stone that contains iron (90%) and nickel (8%).
3. Toctitt, that is meteoric stone that contains kiesel acid (80%). This kind is found spreading from back India until Peru. The specific weight of Toctitt is about equal to the specific weight of the moon. So it appears assumption that toctitt comes from the Moon that is exploded by Moon’s volcanoes when there are still volcanic activities there.

Sunday, November 28, 2010



Asteroid or planetoid is a group of small planet that revolving the sun and lies between Mars and Jupiter.Base on to its shape asteroid is divided into 2 parts:
1. Large Asteroid, for example: Cars, Pallas, Vesta, Hygiren
2. Small Asteroid, for example: Eros, Hitos and Geografos.

The coagulation of glowing fog or planetesima or protoplanet, it does not only produce eight planets, but also its satellites. Asteroid also comes from planetesima.

Some small planets have diameter of 1 km, another mostly as large as moon. Asteroid that is the first time found by a Sicilian Clergyman in the first day of 19th century, that is Asteroid of name Ceres, the name of holy person and protector for Sicilian.

In the beginning asteroid is assumed only one. But, in the years later obviously is found 3 other asteroids and keep growing, until now it has been listed more that 2.000 asteroids. Its orbit is not only between Mars and Jupiter. There are asteroids are closer to the Earth than to Mars and some other are further than Jupiter measured from the Sun, such as Icarus and Apollo. That orbits around Jupiter’s orbit is called Troya asteroid. The main path of asteroid is called asteroid belt.

New Planet Found in Solar System

New Planet Found in Solar System

New planet found in solar system is called Sedna. Sedan is first time seen on date of November 14th, 2003. sedan that is formerly called 2003 VB12 it is farthest celestial body that is found orbit to the sun. its distance from the sun is predicted three times farther than the distance of Pluto – Sun.

Although Sedna can be made object of Kuiper’s Belt, or it can also be called a planet, but its discoverers until now are still not sure about that thing. Some astronomers even suppose the object as Oort cloud that is just first time detected. The Oort cloud theoretically is the icy object that because of one reason can be comet.

Several years later, mainly after presence of shopisticated telescopes, several celestial bodies have been success found in the edge of solar system. For example the Quaoar, it is found in year 2002, it is an object with diameter of about 1,200 kilometers, Izion, its found in year 2001, its width is 1,065 kilometers. Meanwhile Varuna, it is found in year 2000, it has diameter of about 900 kilometers.

Recently, astronomers detect an object named 2004 DW, that is predicted it has section size of 1,800 km. Those discoveries have turned on debate about the definition of planet, because the objects found lies in category between planet and another celestial body of smaller size.

Until now, several scientists even still assume that Pluto is not a planet, but one of the biggest minor object in the edge of solar system. So, they who assume that Pluto is not planet, certainly reject the status of Sedna as planet also. But they who assume that Pluto is a planet, perhaps he must assume that Sedna as the tenth planet because it is not far different with Pluto, especially if it is true that it has moon.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Discovery of New Planet

The Discovery of New Planet

Astronomers have found the kind of recent planet that has similarity to the Earth. Those new of planets are predicted many found in the universe. The new kind of planet has characteristics they are included the most dwarf planet class that ever detected, their distance is less than 50 light years from the Earth. The new planet found is larger than Neptune and its circulatory period is very short.

Planets found beyond our solar system are:

1.Gilese 436
This planet lies in Leo group, its distance is 33 light years form the Earth.

2. Planet 55 Canory,
its characteristics:
a. orbits to a yellow star.
b. mass size is 18 times of Earth.
c. it has revolution period = 281 days.
d. its distance about 41 light years from the Earth.
e. it lies in cancer groupo.
Planet 55

Those two planets are found by using telescope in W.M. Keck observatory in Hawaii, Lick observatory in California and Mc.Donald observatory in Texas.

Saturn, Uranus & Neptunus

Saturn, Uranus & Neptunus


Saturn is second largest planet after Jupiter and one inner planet in our solar system that has ring.

The ring is a lump of ice. Its revolution period is 30 years, while its rotational period = 10.02 hours and its distance to the sun is 1426 billion km. Saturn has more than 20 satellites and among other are Titan and Enceladus.

Saturn has 3 ring layers, so Saturn is planet that most beautiful compared with another planets. Those three rings are:
1. Ring A (outer ring), its diameter is 260,000 km.
2. Ring B (middle ring), its average diameter is 152,000 km.
3. Ring C ( inner ring), its diameter is 160,000 km.


The characteristics of Uranus are:
1. Its axis is upright.
2. Its poles face the sun.
3. Its rotation is slow, so its often parallel to its orbit path.


This planet is found by John.C.Adam in century 19. its rotational period is 15 hours, its revolution period = 165 years, its distance to the Sun = 4493 billion km, and it has two satellites those are Trition and Nereid.

The diameter of Triton satellite = 14,000 km and it has atmosphere, its shape is almost like Pluto. Meanwhile the diameter of Nereid is about 2000 km. its location if farther than Neptune if compared to Triton. Neptune is called as twin of Uranus. The condition of Neptune is denser than Jupiter and Saturn.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Mars and Jupiter

Mars and Jupiter


Mars is know as red star, its atmosphere is very thin, its distance to the sun =  226 billion km, with its revolution period is 887 days, while its rotation = 24 hours, 37 minutes, 23 seconds. Mars has two satellites those are Deimos, satellite that rises in west and sets in east.

The Natural condition of Mars:
  1. Its average temperature is cooler, this is caused by its atmosphere is very thin.
  2. It has volcano, ravine and wide crater.
  3. Its pole is in form of terraces and covered by ice.


Jupiter is largest planet in our solar system. The rotation of its atmosphere is very slow if compared with the rotation of Jupiter itself, so it causes red spot around its atmosphere itself. The distance of Jupiter to the Sun is 778 billion of km, its revolution period = 23 years. Meanwhile its rotational takes time is 10 days. The space shuttle that observes Jupiter among other are: Pioner 10 and 11, and Voyager 1 and 2.

Until now, Jupiter is known has more than 30 satellites and several of them are: Ganymede (largest satellite of diameter 130,000 km), Io, Eruopa, Callisto, Amathea, Leda, Himalia, Elara, Lysthea, Anare, and Pasphipae.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mercury and Venus

Mercury and Venus


Mercury is one planet that lies near the sun. the distance of Mercury to the sun is about 58 billion km, while its revolution period is 88 days and its rotational period is 59 days. On date of March 29th, 1974 the space craft of Mariner 10 success to make approach with Mercury until it reach the distance of 750 km and make a picture the surface of the planet that is full of craters and basins.

It is seen from the Earth, Mercury has shape change like the moon. This condition happens because the Mercury lies at the internal part of Earth’s path.

When the Mercury passes the surface of sun, the planet is seen like spot, small forest that hangs in the middle of shinning of sun’s surface. The condition will happen only for several hours.


Venus is known as east star or evening star. It is called that because the Venus rises several times before the sun rises around 4 o’clock in the morning and several times before the sun sets 5 o’clock in the evening.

 The Natural Condition of Venus:

1. Its atmosphere has property of greenhouse that is heat received from the sun can not refract out from its atmosphere.
2. Its average temperature is 477 Celcius.
3. Its tophography is in form mountain with the formation of old and young.
4. The composition of its atmosphere consists of carbondioxide and a little amount of nitrogen also water vapor.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Inner Planet and Outer Planet

Inner Planet and Outer Planet

Inner Planet

Planets that their average distance to the sun are shorter than the average distance of Earth-Sun are grouped as inner planet. The planets that is included into this group are Mercury and Venus.

Because of circulatory velocity of the planets are different, the position of inner planet seen from the Earth changes. The change of position is described in the change of angle formed by line that connects Earth-Sun with Earth line inner planet. The angle called elongation of inner planet its size changes.

Inner Planet as Morning Star and Night Star

The elongation of inner planet is separated into west elongation and east elongation. An inner planet is called making west elongation if its position in celestial sphere seen from the Earth lies to the west part of the Sun. if its position is to the east of the Sun, it is called making east elongation.

Inner planet that is making west elongation will formerly rise compared to the Sun. It will reach east horizon when the sun still lies under horizon. At that time, the planet has opportunity reflects Sunlight directly to the Earth. Planet is seen as star in the morning (morning star)

Inner planet that is making east elongation will reach east horizon in the morning, after the sun lies above the horizon. Therefore, in the position of east elongation, the inner planet cannot be seen above east horizon. It has opportunity reflects sunlight to the Earth and it will be seen as night star, several times after the sun sets.

How long is the inner planet seen as morning star or night star? This condition very depends on the magnitude of elongation of the inner planet. The larger elongation, the longer that planet is seen from the Earth. Based on its magnitude of maximum elongation can be calculated how long Mercury and Venus are seen from the Earth.

Outer Planet

Planets that their average distance to the Sun is longer compared with the average distance of Earth-Sun are grouped into outer planet. The planet included into this group are planets of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.

The position of outer planet seen from the Earth, as also the inner planet, they are always changes. The transformation is reflected in the changes of elongation of outer planets.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Member of Solar System, Part.2

The Member of Solar System, Part.2

The member of solar system consists of: Sun, planet, asteroid, comet, meteor and satellite.

1. Sun => click here

2. Planet

Planet comes from the world planetair (Greek Language), that means adventurer. The general conference of International Astronomical Union that is carried out in Praha city, Ceko, on date august 24th, 2006 to produces a new definition about planet.

Planet is celestial bodies that orbits the sun, that has round shape and the only dominant object in its orbit.

From the result of the general conference of IAU in praha, a number of planet in our solar system becomes eight. Pluto that formerly is included planet found in our solar system, now it is not included anymore. That thing because Pluto is assumed not big planet, but dwarf planet. The reason that Pluto is not assumed as planet in our solar system is because around orbit of Pluto is many found objects of the same kind in the form of TNO (Trans Neptunion Objects).

TNO is an object of solar system that orbits or passes beyond orbit of planet Neptune.

Meanwhile the characteristics of planet according to International Astronomical Union are as follows
a. It orbits the sun.
b. It has enough mass for its gravitational force.
c. It has eliminated another objects around its orbit.
d. It has no light source.
e. It has satellite.

If we consider the characteristics of the planet, the Pluto is not included planet, but it is a dwarf planet.

Meanwhile the characteristics of dwarf planet are:
a. It orbits the sun.
b. It has the shape of almost round.
c. It has enough mass for its gravitational force.
d. It has not eliminated yet another objects around its orbit.
e. It is not satellite.

From the characteristics, celestial body in our solar system that included dwarf planet involves Pluto, cares and xena. Meanwhile charon is not included into the group of dwarf planet, because it is satellite of Pluto.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Member of Solar System, Part.1

The Member of Solar System, Part.1

The member of solar system consists of: Sun, planet, asteroid, comet, meteor and satellite.

1. Sun

The shape of the sun is a very big gas ball. Because it is very big, if it has shape of vessel can accommodate more than a billion of Earth planets. In our solar system, the sun roles as circulatory center of planets. To understand more, consider the following figure.

Sunlight is very dangerous for us. If we see directly, eventhough for several seconds, our eyes can be damage. The danger produced by the Sun does not come from its light, but from its heat, that is through experiment by using magnifying glass and cotton, then set that magnifying glass facing the Sun, center its light on paper or cotton in only a moment. You will see the paper or cotton is burnt.

We often think, how do astronomers learn the sun?
Astronomers in learning the Sun are helped by a device called spectroscope in their telescope. The spectroscope gives datum about the kinds of gaseous found in the Sun, and it is known that the Sun consists of Hydrogen and Helium.

Datum of the Sun:
a. the mass of the Sun = 332,448 times Earth’s mass.
b. Sun’s diameter = 1,391,000 km.
c. The distance of Sun-Earth = 150 billion km.

The Part of The Sun:

i. Core
This part is not much known yet, sun’s core is happening place of thermonuclear reaction, where hydrogen is formed to be helium and changed to be energy of temperature about 20 billion Celcius.

ii. Photosphere
The part that appears like gold disk and it has temperature about 6000 Kelvin.

iii. Chromosphere
The radiation of light that around photosphere. This chromosphere can only be seen by using telescope.

iv. Corona
The most outer layer of the sun and around chromosphere. This layer only can be seen when the occurrence of solar eclipse, and it looks like a crown.

v. Prominences
Explossions that appear beside of the sun begin from photosphere’s surface.

vi. Sunspot
Dark spot that is found in the surface of photosphere.

vii. Flare 
The part of the sun that has very luminous light and lies between sunspot.

Sun has two kinds of motion as follows:
a. Rotation revolving its axis, its period is 12,5 days for one rotation. The motion of rotation can be proved by the presence of black spots in the core that sometime lies to the right and about 2 weeks lies to the left.
b. It moves between the groups of stars. Besides making rotation, the sun moves between the group of the stars with its velocity 20 km per second. That movement is revolving the centre of galaxy.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Movement of Member of Solar System

The Movement of Member of Solar System

The member of Solar System in revolving the sun has two movements those are rotation and revolution. Rotation, that is motion of celestial body in orbiting its axis. Rotational period is time used for one rotation. Meanwhile Revolution, that is motion of celestial body in orbiting the sun. Revolution period is the time required for one revolution.
In the below is discussed several theories about the motion of celestial bodies.

1. Geocentric Theory

This theory is stated by Claudius Ptolemaeus (in 2nd century AD), that states: “All of celestrial bodies circulate orbiting the Earth, the position of Earth in outer space is center of circulation.”

2. Heliocentric Theory

It is stated by Nicholas Copernicus, from German (1472-1543) that states: “Not earth is the circulatory center of celestial bodies, but the sun is at the center of circulation of celestial bodies.”
This theory is found in the book titled: “De Revolutionimbus Orbium Coelestium”. Because of that theory, Copernicus is given nickname that is The Father of Pioneer of Modern Astronomy. Supporters of Heliocentric theory among other are Galileo-Galilei and Issac Newton (Founder of Gravitational theory).

The content of Gravitational theory are as follows:
a. Every celestial body in this universe has gravitation.
b. Between one body to another attract each other.
c. Planets revolve the sun and do not exit from their orbit, because the presence of gravitational force.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Solar System

Solar System And Universe

Solar system is collection of celestial bodies that consists of : Sun, planet, asteroid, meteor and comet. Another celestial bodies that found in solar system move orbiting the sun so the sun is their center.

Theory of Formation of Solar System

In the following is mentioned theory that support the occurrence of solar system stated by several experts.

1. Kant’s Theory

This theory is stated by Immanuel Kant from Germany (1724-2804). According to Kant’s theory:
“That solar system comes from one gas ball of high temperature and rotates slowly. The slow rotation causes the formation of matter concentration that has high specific weight. The concentration is called core, the big one lies in the middle, while the smaller part is found around earth’s core. Because of cooling process, the core with small volume becomes planets, while the core that has big volume becomes sun.”

2. Nebular Hypothesis

This theory is stated by a French astronomer that is Piere Simon Laplace (1749-1827). According to Laplace:
“Our solar system comes from gas ball (nebula) that has high temperature and rotates fast. Because of fast rotation, some of the fog or gass ball mass escape. The part that is escaped keep rotates, because the influence of cooling longer changes to be planets.”

3. Planetesimal Theory

The theory is stated by Moulton, an astronomer, and Chamberlain, a geologist. Both are American. According to planetisimal theory:
”That in fog is found dense material that scatters called planetesimal. This dense material that then attract each other among them, because of attraction force of each part, longer big clump is formed called Planet.”

4. Riptide Theory

This theory is stated by Jeans and Jeffery (1917), both are british scientist. According to riptide theory:
“That in ancient time, near the sun, passed a big star. Because the attraction force of the star, some of sun’s mass form lump to the direction of that star. Then together with movement away of that star, that lump of sun’s mass is attracted also forms cigar, then it is escaped from the sun. the mass of gas formed then is interrupted forms giant drop with various sizes. That gas drom longer freezes forming a planet.”

5. Proto Planet Theory

This theory is stated by Carl Von Weizsaecker, G.P.Kupier and Subrahmanyan Chandarasekhar. According to Proto Planet Theory:
“That around the sun is found gas fog that form lumps and periodically becomes dense lump. The gas lump is called Proto Planet.”

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Basic Principle of Plate Tectonic Theory

Basic Principle of Plate Tectonic Theory and its Relationship with Spread of Volcanoes and Earthquake

According plate tectonic theory movement of earth’s crust there are 3 kinds those are movement closing each other, movement come away each other and movement meeting each other.

1. The movement of plate that is closing each other will cause collision where one of the plate will enter under the other. The product of collision region forms of deep trough, that is usually strong earthquake path. Behind the region will be formed series of magmatic and volcanic activities also various of sedimentation basin.

2. The movement of plate moves away each other will cause rarefraction and stretching of earth’s crust and finally happens the discharging of new material from mantle forms magmatic or mountain path. Example is the formation of volcano in mid oceanic ridge in Pacific Ocean and Africa Continent.

3. Movement meeting each other is characterized by the presence of  lateral fault like San Andres Big fault in America.

The movement of Earth’s crust plate that collide each other will form sudaction zone and produces force that works whether horizontal or vertical, that it will form the fold mountain, magmatic or volcanic path, the fault of rock, and earthquake path also the formation of certain tectonic region. Besides there are also formed the various of kinds the sedimentation basin of sedimentary rock like trench, front arc basin, and the basin between the mountain and back arc basin in volcanic or magmatic path is usually formed the mining zone of gold, silver and copper, while in the collision region will be found chromite mineral. Each tectonic region has certain chraracteristic or indication, whether rock, mining, structure and its earthquakeness.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Theories of Continental Movement, Part.2

Theories of Continental Movement, Part.2

1. Plate Tectonic Theory => Click here 
2. Ed Suess’s Theory

According to Suess, the similarity of geological formation found in South America, India, Australia, and Antarctic is caused by unification of land, the united land is called Godwama Continent. The continent now is only remains because another parts of it has been swallowed by the sea.

3. Contraction Theory

This theory is created by Des Cartes. According to theory “That our Earth decreasesm wrinkles, because of cooling so that happened valleys.”

4. American Researchers Team

Researcher team that consists of 17 men from New York American Museum of Natural History, Ohio State University, and Whichita State University made research in South Pole (1969-1970) on purpose to prove Wagener’s theory. From the result of research, it is proved that South Pole 200 billion years ago lies near the equator. Therefore, it should be at that time in South Pole is found animals and plants. Continuesly, in 1969 in South Pole is found fossil of jaw bone of ancient fresh water amphibian that its shape is like salamander with characteristic its head is flat and its body is big and heavy. The kind of that fossil is found in region of South and North America. That proves theories bout movement of continents approaches truth. In that theory is explained that 150 billion years ago there was a big continent on this planet earth that is Laurasia land in north hemisphere and Godwana land in south hemisphere.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Theories of Continental Movement, Part.1

Theories of Continental Movement, Part.1

1. Plate Tectonic Theory
Plate tectonic is a theory that explains earth’s dynamic process about the formation of mountain path, volcanic path, earthquake path, and sedimentation basin on the surface of Earth that is caused by movement of the plate.

According to this theory earth’s crust (lithosphere) can be assumed as very strong raft and relatively cold that floats on elastic astenosphere mantel and very hot, or it can be equaled to icy island that floats on sea water. There are two kinds of earth’s crust those are oceanic crust that is made up of rock with base property and very base property, those are found in very deep ocean, and continental crust that is made up of acidic rock and thicker than oceanic crust. Earth’s crust covers all of earth’s surface, but the effect of presence of heat flow that flows in the astenophere caused this earth’s crust breaks to be several smaller parts called plate of earth’s crust. Therefore, plate can consists of continental crust, oceanic crust or both. That convension stream is main power source that causes movement of the plate.

In the theory is explained several analysis among others are as follows:

1. The presence of geological formation between east coast of American continent with west coast of Europe and Africa. The condition proves that geological formation in west coast of Africa is equal to east coast of America.
2. The presence of Greenland Island moves away Europe land with velocity of 36 meters per year. Meanwhile Madagaskar Island moves away South Africa as far as 9 meters per year.

According to Alfred Wegener, continents existing at it is now, formerly formed one continent. Because of the presence of big continent movement in south to west or north, it happens the following things:

1. The oceans and continents float by separately.
2. Atlantic Ocean is more larger because American continent moves to the west direction.
3. The presence of big earthquake along the fault of St. Andreas, near the west coast of United States. In 1929 Alfred Wegener died in snow at Greenland Island, when he made research to prove the truth of his theory.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

The History of Earth’s Surface

The History of Development of Earth’s Surface

The shape of Earth surface is various and each of it passes difference process. The difference of the process among other are influenced by power and time. The Earth is a planet that has certain characteristic, so it enables the presence of life.

Our Earth was formed about 4.6 billion years ago together with the formation of one solar system called the solar family. One theory called Nebular Hypothesis tells the story in 3 phases:

1. Sun and another planets are still in the form of gas, it is very dense and big fog.
2. The fog rotating and twisting strongly, where the coagulation happens in the center of the circle that then forms the sun. at the same time, another material formed becomes mass that is smaller than the sun that is called planet, it moves revolving the sun.
3. Those materials grow more larger and keep doing movement regularly revolving the sun in one fixed orbit and form the composition of the Solar family.

Earth is one member planet of our solar system. The occurrence process of the Earth is equal to the sun. Because of its volume is smaller than the sun, its formation process is faster. In formation process of Earth, it happens separation base on to its mass. The heavy part forms core that is called barisphere, while the lighter part forms Earth’s crust or often called lithosphere.

In cooling process that reaches 100 Celsius, it happens condensation, then happens rain, after that the rain water fills the lower parts of Earth and forms watery layer called hydrosphere. Besides lithosphere and hydrosphere, the Earth is also covered by air layer or atmosphere and life layer called biosphere.

In carbon era, the continents unite form the big continent called pangae that in Greek means “the whole world”. Since 1900, geologists have known that outer part of Earth’s crust floats on the soft inner layer.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Classification and Branches of Geography

Classification and Branches of Geography

In broad outline, geographical science can be classified into two parts as follows:

1. Physical Geography

Physical geography is a branch of geography that studies physical phenomena on earth’s surface. Inspection field of physical geography is natural phenomena of earth’s surface that becomes human living environment.

The study of physical geography is supported by several sciences below:
a. Geology => a science that studies structure, composition, history and development process of the earth.
b. Pedology => a science that studies the kinds and formation process of soil.
c. Astronomy => a science that studies celestial bodies.
d. Oceanology => a science that studies about physical and chemical properties of sea water.
e. Climatology => a science that studies about climate.
f. Meteorlogy => a science that studies about weather.
g. Volcanology => a science that studies about volcanoes.
h. Seismology => a science that studies about earthquake.
i. Geophysics => a science that studies the properties of the inner port of the earth with physical method, such as measuring earthquake, gravitation, and magnetic field.
j. Biogeography => a science that studies spreading of living organisme geographically on earth’s surface.

2. Social Geography

Social geography is a branch of geography that covers population aspects and human activities that consist of economic, politics, social, and cultural activities.

Branches of social geography are as follows:
a. Human geography => a branch of geography that studies social economy, and culture of population.
b. Anthropogeography => a branch of geography that studies the spreading of races on earth, seen from geographical point of view.
c. Polytical geography => a branch of geography that studies geographical conditions seen specifically.
d. Regional geography => a branch of geography that studies a certain fegion specifically.
e. Population geography => a branch of geography that studies the numver, spreading, and composition of population.
f. Economic geography => a branch of geography that studies economic activities of population in a certain region.
g. Rural geography => a branch of geography that studies the condition of rural areas, including the society, from geographical point of vies.
h. Urban geography => a branch of geography that studies about urban regions, including the society, from geographical point of view.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

The Scope of Geography

The Scope of Geography

Geography is a science that studies interaction between man and his environment, so geography has clear objects and scope. The object of geography basically is divided into two, that is material objects and formal objects.
The material objects of geography are geospheric phenomenan that cover several layers, they are lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and anthorosphere. Meanwhile, the formal objects correspond to points of view on a spatial phenomenon on earth’s surface.

Formal objects are regions on earth surface that have their own characteristics, so they can be distinguished from other regions, usually based on natural and social aspects.

Formal object geography are indicators and differenciators from other sciences, while the scope of geographical study enables man to gets answer to questions from the world around that emphasize on spatial and ecological aspects. Geographical study involves the earth, its aspects and formation process, causal and spatial relation of humans with their environment, also the interaction of humans with the environment around them.

Rhoad Murphey, in his book “The Scope of Geography”, proposed three scopes of Geographical study:
(1) Geography learns the spread and relation of mankind on earth’s surface. Beside, it studies about aspects of humans’ living place also how to use it.
(2) Geography studies mutual relationship between man with physical environment (nature) as part of regional diversity study.
(3) Geography studies a regional frame and analyses a region that has specific characteristics.

From the analysis above, it is clear that the scope of geography is inseparable from natural aspects and human aspects. The meaning of environment in geography is not only limited to natural environment, but also man-made environment.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Aspects of Geography, part 2

Aspects of Geography, part 2

1. Physical Aspects => click here (aspects of geogaphy part.1)
2. Social Aspects

Social aspects of geography that can influence human life, for example are population, mobility of population, and the spread of population.

     a. Population
One social aspect that influences human life is the number of population. Large potency of population can either support or hinder development.

The potency of population that can support development among others are:
(1) Productive aged population is a source of labor.
(2) Large population can be used as developmental manpower.
(3) High quality of manpower can be used as experts.

     b. Mobility of Population
The social aspect of geography that corresponds to mobilization of population is urbanization. Urbanization influences urban and rural population. The phenomenon that we can see in urban regions as the effect of urbanization is the spread of slums and high criminality rate. Meanwhile, the phenomenon that arises in the rural areas is the decrease of agricultural productivity as the effect of losing young works.

     c. The Spreading of Population
Winder effect of uniform spreading of population are as follows:
(1) Development is not evenly distributed.
(2) Utilization of natural resources is not optimum.
(3) Agricultural land decreases because it is used for housing.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Aspects of Geography, Part.1

Aspects of Geography, Part.1

In broad outline, geography can be divided into two parts, physical geography and human geography.

Physical geography studies about physical aspects, while human –social- geography  studies about social aspects. Those two aspects have influence on the environment of human life. Physical aspects involve: earth’s relief, mineral and structure of rocks, water, weather and climate, flora also fauna. Meanwhile, social aspects involve aspects of social, politics, economy and culture. In geography, physical aspects and social aspects always relate to other sciences.

1. Physical Aspects

The geographical aspects that can influence human life is physical aspect. Several physical aspects that influence human life are, for example: climate, relief, earthquake, volcanism and so on. Certainly in geography physical aspects that can influence human life are so many, but in this discussion they are limited to several aspects.

Examples of physical aspects that can influence human life are as follows:
      a. Climate and its elements.
Climate is an important geographical element that can influence human activities.
Climate condition on earth’s surface varies. The factors that form of Asia region is archipelago that has four basic climatic characteristics, they are:
(1)   Annual average temperature is high.
(2)   Has two seasons that is rainy season and dry season.
(3)   High air humidity.

The influence of climate on human activity:
(1)   Fisherman start to go to sea (sail to the sea) at night, because they use the land breeze, on the contrary at day time, fishermen come back to the land by using sea breeze.
(2)   Around the months of October-April farmers from Asia start to work on their land, because in those months has rainy season.
      b. Relief of Earth.
 Earth’s relief is the highness and lowness of earth’s surface. Earth’s relief is a physical aspect of geography that has influence on the life of humans or plants. The following are several influences of earth’s relief on human life.

 The influence of earth’s relief on the growth of plants can be learned in Junghun’s classification as follow:
(1)   Hot Zone, 0 – 700 meters => The kinds of plants that live there are riceplant, sugarcane, and coconut.
(2)   Temperate Zone, 700 – 1500 meters => The kind of plants that live there are coffee, tea quinine, rubber, and holticulture.
(3)   Cool Zone, 1500 – 2500 meters => The kinds of plants are casuarinas tree and pine.
(4)   Cold Zone, >2500 meters => The kind of plant that live is moss.

      c. Earthquake
Earthquake, whether tectonic or volcanic, greatly influences human life. The number of times earthquake happens influenced by geological position.
The effect produced by earthquake on the life on earth’s surface is very vast, example:
(1)   The presence of tectonic earthquake can help geologists to determine the content of minerals in lithosphere.
(2)   The presence of earthquake can help architects in determining the shape of houses and materials used to build houses that are earthquake-proof.

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